"The deterioration is so widespread that adequate repairs may be impractical"
I went down to the City's Engineering office and obtained a copy of the structural report for War Memorial Stadium that was submitted to the City on June 3rd, 2003. Undertaken by Sutton-Kennerly & Associates, Inc. the report bears little resemblance to the $10,000 estimate that the City's Engineering department reported to City Council last week.
Sutton-Kennerly has promised to send me a PDF file of the full report tomorrow but some excerpts are:
"... it does not appear that the type of repairs and maintenance, as well as the standard of care taken for these repairs, have been effective in maintaining this structure to acceptable standards. Consequently, the stadium will require major structural repairs to extend its effective service life"
"... We believe that the present strength of the stadium is reduced below the original design and the factor of safety of the structure in its present condition may be significantly below building code requirements"
"...Although not a structural concern, falling debris from delaminated concrete presents a serious hazard to users of the stadium."
"... It appears that War Memorial Stadium may not have been adequately maintained during the life of the facility... Corrosion of reinforcing steel is widespread."
"... The deterioration of the stadium is widespread. It is doubrful that any cost effective repair project will add significant service life to the structure"
"... At this time, a major structural repaird is required to reduce the risk of creating an unsafe condition."
I called Bryan Wood with Sutton-Kennerly and spoke with him about the report. I told him about Aycock's estimate of $3,060,000 for the stadium footprint renovation. Wood confirmed that our figure based on $90.00 for each of the 34,000 sq ft is about right.
My main question about the report is why it was not made public before the stadium referendum back in October. The voters should have been informed that it will take millions of dollars to save (yes I said save) War Memorial regardless of who is to be playing there in the future.